2009 Regional DM - Vietnam: More Accountability and Transparency, Less Corruption
The Vietnam Innovation Day (VID) 2009, co-organized by the Government Inspectorate and the World Bank, is an opportunity for innovative ideas that address local development challenges.
It identifies, shares, exchanges and directly supports small, bottom-up, innovative development proposals that deliver results, which can then be expanded or replicated.
The selection of this year’s theme of “More Accountability and Transparency, Less Corruption” itself, as well as the huge public turnout has been the result of increased public awareness and attention for more transparency and accountability, and reducing corruption. It shows that the public has been paying more attention to the transparency and accountability of public services and the work of the authorities.
The Vietnam Innovation Day 2009 has attracted 152 entries from around the country. Being a transparent competition, the jurors have worked hard to select 25 most creative, feasible and sustainable projects that contribute to improving to the theme of the program to provide the awards.
The winning projects introduced various creative and feasible solutions, from making radio programs in ethnic languages on legal information, to making artistic performances, organizing writing and drawing contests, communications activities to increase the youth’s awareness, as well as improving public services in hospitals.
Themes (and subthemes) of the competition:
The theme for the program is “More accountability and transparency, less corruption”.
- Accountability: initiatives toward building a service-oriented public administration and an effective mechanism for the government to exercise its public accountability: when, what and how government staff should be held accountable; initiatives to create systems to monitor and track public satisfaction with performance of the local government; initiatives that promote participation of active citizen, community activities or ways to improve the quality of community activities to discuss anti-corruption issues.
- Transparency: initiatives that promote, empower and facilitate community engagement in planning and budgeting at local level with a special focus on the part of budget using people's contribution; promoting transparency and public disclosure in public administration.
- Rights to information: innovative proposals that improve the effectiveness of dissemination and promulgation of laws and regulations on anti-corruption in the community; initiatives that encourage local authorities to take initiative and be more active in disseminating and promulgating laws and regulations affect people’s life, such as Law on Complaints and Petitions of Citizens, Civil Code, laws and regulations on prevention and fight against corruption; initiatives that promote citizen's awareness and access to information on government policies, laws, regulations as well as their implementation and reinforcement, government budgets, socio-economic development plans at national and local levels.
- Improving public services: initiatives that create a mechanism for citizens to exercise their rights to goods and quality public services and that create effective feedback and response mechanisms. The public services could include: administrative services, primary and secondary education, health services, health insurance, social insurance, electricity and water supply, agricultural extension services, legal assistance service, child protection and orphanages